How to Repair Water-Damaged Furniture

Water marks appear on wood furniture when moisture becomes trapped under the finish. This produces a milky white stain on the surface of the wood. To remove the marks, the moisture must be absorbed from the beneath the finish. Repair water-damaged furniture and restore the wood to its former beauty with household items.

All Wood Finishes

  1. Cover the water-damaged area of the wood with a white cotton t-shirt or pillow case.

  2. Iron or blow-dry the fabric-covered water stain for a few seconds. A medium heat setting works best. Raise the fabric from the wood and allow the wood to cool.

  3. Repeat steps one and two until the water damage is gone.

Glossy Finish

  1. Apply a small amount of white toothpaste to the water stain.

  2. Rub the toothpaste into the wood, using a white cotton towel or washcloth, in the direction of the wood grain.

  3. Finish by polishing the wood furniture with a rubbing compound to even out the finish.

Satin Finish

  1. Add a few drops of lemon oil to the water-damaged wood.

  2. Rub in the direction of the wood grain with extra fine steel wool to buff the lemon oil into the water marks.

  3. Wipe away any excess lemon oil. Polish the entire surface with furniture polish.

About the Author

Karen Mihaylo has been a writer since 2009. She has been a professional dog groomer since 1982 and is certified in canine massage therapy. Mihaylo holds an associate degree in human services from Delaware Technical and Community College.